Lone Star Cyclists host 29th year of Tour d’Italia bike ride centered in Italy

Image: City of Italy’s mayor, James Hobbs, welcomes a cyclist from Tyler to our fair city for the 29th Annual 2014 Tour d’Italia Bicycle race that set an event record with 1,175 cyclists participating from around the country.

With the tire pressure checked, the chains well oiled and the water bottles filled, 1,175 Tour d’Italia bike riders set a new participation record this past Saturday while touring parts of Ellis, Hill and Navarro Counties. Hosted by Lone Star Cylclists, club president, David Shuford, was presented a golden key to the City of Italy by Mayor James Hobbs.

Italy and Milford students compete in Tae Kwon Do tournament

Image: Pictured top row:  Mario Perez-Black Belt-Milford, Amy Tinney-Black Belt-Hillsboro, Isamar Perez-Black Belt-Milford, Michael Russell-Italy.  Bottom Row;  Rocklin Ginnett-Italy and Nick Sam-Italy.  Two students were not pictured Javier and Michael Gonzalez.

On March 1st, 2014, 68 students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro, Texas traveled to Giddings to compete in an invitational Tae Kwon Do tournament. These students competed in sparring as well as patterns. Seven of these students were from Italy or Milford area.

Ellis County Youth 4H Archery Tournament results

Image: Group shot of ALL shooters and coaches

The Shooting Sports 4-H Club of Ellis County hosted a successful youth archery tournament on February 22 at the Ellis County Expo in Waxahachie. A total of 109 archers from 17 counties competed to see who could result in the highest marking scores.

Italy students compete in San Antonio

Image: Pictured here: Master Charles Kight-Chief Instructor of the school,  Javier Gonzalez, Michael Gonzalez, Michael Russell, and Nick Sam all of Italy and Danny Smith-Sparring Instructor and David Jones-Instructor.

Students, several from Italy, traveled to San Antonio to compete in an invitational tournament hosted by Kim’s Academy in San Antonio. These students were from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro, Texas. Four of these students returned home with trophies they earned in patterns as well as sparring.

UIL Realignments

UIL football and basketball realignments were released this morning. 2014-2016 alignments for Italy, Avalon and Milford are as follows:

Italy student selected for Most Improved


On September 14th, 2013 students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School-125 W. Elm Street-Hillsboro, Texas tested for new belts. After the grading Master Charles Kight-Chief Instructor of the school selected students he felt had made the most improvement since the last grading.

Ellis County Equine Association Presents Awards

Image: Gentry Rogers of Milford and her pony Santee Grand were in the Top 5 of ECEA’s English and Western Divisions in the 11 & Under age category.

There were many happy faces and shiny cowboy boots on October 19, as competitors in the Ellis County Equine Association gathered for their year-end banquet at the Grasshopper Ranch in Palmer to receive a menagerie of custom made awards in honor of their hard work to win championships throughout the 2013 ECEA horse show season.

Italy students compete in Tae Kwon Do Tournament

Image: Pictured are some of these students from the Italy area. Master Charles Kight-Chief Instructor of the school, Nick Sam-Italy, Rocklin Ginnett-Italy. Michael Gonzales-Italy and Michael Russell-Italy, Isamar and Mario Perez-Black Belts from Milford were not available for the picture.

On October 12th, 2013, forty-four students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School participated in an invitational Unified Tae Kwon Do Tournament in Giddings, Texas. Students performed patterns and also sparring with a chance to win 2-trophies.

Hillsboro Tae Kwon Do students test for new belts

Image: Pictured below top row:  Master Charles Kight-Chief Instructor, Mario Perez-Black Belt-Milford, Amy Tinney-Black Belt-Hillsboro, Jacob Garcia-Hillsboro, D’Ann Drennan-Black Belt-Grandview, John Drennan-Black Belt-Grandview, Kathryn Ekness-Hillsboro, Dana Bennett-Black Belt-Hillsboro, Jacob Jean-2nd Degree Black Belt-Blum, Kevin Devers-3rd Degree-West, Travis Tinney-Black Belt-Hillsboro,  Isamar Perez-Black Belt-Milford, Ross Gilcrease-Black Belt-Hillsboro, David Jones-Black Belt and Instructor-Malone, and Danny Smith-Black Belt and Sparring Instructor.
Second Row:  Hunter Smith-Black Belt-Whitney, Esteban Ramirez-Hillsboro, William West-Black Belt-Whitney, Alex Lopez-Hillsboro, Jacob Young-Hubbard, Keaton Pustejovsky-Abbott, Clayton Tribble-West, Jacob Divin-West, Jayson Orr-Hillsboro, Maddie Strickling-Whitney, Tanner Marak-West, Rogelio Montes-Hillsboro, Ruben Montes-Hillsboro, Grand Master Park-Las Vegas, Nevada and Master Jeff Wiles-Round Rock.
Third Row:  Caleb Girard-Hillsboro, Michael Russell-Italy, Joaquin Trejo-Black Belt-Hillsboro, Patrick Runyon-Itasca, Brayden Hodges-Hillsboro, Michael Gonzalez-Italy, Katheryn Drennan-Black Belt-Grandview, Elizabeth Moore-Black Belt-Abbott, J.D. Bennett-Black Belt-Hillsboro, Thomas Drennan-Black Belt-Grandview, Michael Smith-Grandview, and Luis Rodriguez-Hillsboro.
Bottom Row:  Miguel DeLuna-Hillsboro, Miguel Fuentes Jr.-Hillsboro, Xanden Stewart-Hillsboro,  Alejandro Sanchez-Hillsboro, Ryan Riojas-Hillsboro, Roy Gallardo Jr.-Hillsboro, Adam Riojas-Hillsboro, Bailey Armstrong-Waco and Nick Sam-Italy.

On Saturday, September 14th, students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School-125 W Elm-Hillsboro, Texas tested for new belts. This testing included students from Italy and Milford — Nick Sam, Michael Gonzalez, Michael Russell of Italy; Mario Perez and Isamar Perez both of Milford.

Softball skills camp scheduled at Hill College in July


Hill College’s Lady Rebel Softball coaching staff is having two, 2-day softball camps in July. The first camp, to be held on July 18th and 19th, will be for 10 thru 14 year-olds and the second camp, to be held on July 25th and 26th, will be for 15 thru 18 year olds. Both of these camps will be held at the Hill College softball field in Hillsboro, just a short drive from Italy.

Italy Schools participated in area wide USA Bowling Special Olympics

Image: Montavian McDaniel Stands to receive his bronze metal.

Italy Elementary and Italy High School CBI students recently participated in the Special Olympics Bowling tournament held at USA Bowl in Dallas. According to Mrs. Young (High School CBI teacher) and Mrs. Cox (Stafford Elementary CBI teacher) the students were excited and ready to bowl and I would say they were right on target by all the ribbons and medals they brought home.

Guns vs. Hoses additional images

Image: Police Chief Diron Hill and Italy Firefighter Donald Chambers teamed up their departments for a great cause to support the Italy Police Department’s “Shop with a Cop” charity.

Both the Italy Police Department and the Italy Fire Department arrive on scene to raise money for “Shop with a Cop” that will benefit deserving families during the Christmas holiday.

Firemen and Policemen Battle at Upchurch Field

Image: Winners of the first game, The Guns.

The skies may have surprised everyone with a little rain and thunder but the weather did not stop any fireworks or competition on the field. Guns & Hoses, a local fundraiser, arrived in Italy on Saturday night with all the bells and whistles and there was fun for everyone—all for a good cause, Shop With A Cop.

Lone Star Cyclists hosts the 27th Annual Tour d’ Italia

Image: Italy residents, Kim and Jill Varner, ride the Tour d’Italia for the first time.

Good weather brought groups of cyclists to Italy on Saturday. The 27th Annual Tour d’Italia was sponsored by the Lone Star Cyclists and over 1050 people registered and rode the countryside around Italy. Membership chairman, Rhea Reedy, estimated 555 people registered on Saturday morning, before the ride.

Italy faces rival at home

Image: Gladiator Fan of the Year, Richard Cook throws the opening pitch.

Richard Cook throws out the opening pitch to get things started between Italy and Maypearl at Loyd Davidson Field and Gladiator Brandon Souder takes one for the team allowing his hair to be cut as part of a team fundraiser.